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Adam's Update 6-1-2020

posted Jun 1, 2020, 4:04 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Parents and Guardians of Room 8!


We are now approaching our last weeks of this very strange school year. We will continue with math in Khan Academy for the week of June 1, and this week will be business as usual as we approach our final week. Be sure to continue with your journal and your typing. We will be continuing to write from our prompts in SeeSaw, and there will be some fun activities to come this week and next!

Next week, we will pull back on math, but I will post some fun math challenges, and other fun activities as we wind down our school year.



Room 8 Weekly Work Plan:


Math - 

The math assigned last week is due on Monday, when there will be a new set of tasks assigned in Khan Academy.


6th grade is working on writing algebraic expressions with variables, finding like terms, word problems, and the distributive property over addition and subtraction.

There are a number of videos and articles assigned this week, which make up for a lot of the workload in Khan Academy. It is important to watch the videos and digest the reading material assigned in the unit before requesting help from teachers. It is easier to help after the kiddos have had a chance to look at the information. The videos are there as a guide to help, in addition to the teachers, but we need to access all of our resources during these times, as we are not in class together, and it can be challenging getting face-to-face help for everyone each day.


5th grade is continuing work on multi-digit multiplication and division estimation before rounding out the year.


4th grade is finishing up equivalent fractions and comparing fractions this week.

Pay attention to math challenges in SeeSaw. As we come up with fun tasks, we will post them in SeeSaw as we create them. Look this week for extra math tasks.


Reading - 

Recommended at least 30 minutes a day.  You will write your summary in SeeSaw. It will be on the list of assignments. You will be able to write your summary in SeeSaw. You may also sumbit a video review of your reading passage.

Last week, we continued our read-aloud of Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I read chapter 15 and posted the readings to SeeSaw.

This week, CH 16 of Born A Crime by Trevor Noah will continue to be posted. We have also posted CH 17, Parts I and II will continue being posted, as-well-as a brief history of apartheid, and about the author. 


Writing - 

Daily Journal.  Write about how weird this time is.  What you like and don’t like about it.  Write about how you feel or how things change from day to day (or maybe they stay the same?)  Aim to write for 5-10 minutes. 

You can record the date and how much time you wrote to keep track of your journaling in SeeSaw. I would like to remind everyone that the journal is for you. You are not obligated to post your thoughts on SeeSaw. If you would like to let us know how you are doing, you may post a note with the date, and the amount of time you wrote for. That’s all.


This week, our writing assignment will have two tasks posted. One on Tuesday, and then the following day. This writing assignment is brought to us courtesy of Meridy


*New*

Build Something!- Will be posted to SeeSaw midweek as a nice change of pace!

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah read-aloud- Assignment posted on SeeSaw.

Geography Challenges- Will be updated with new material each week.


Typing Practice -

20 min / week at typing.com  If you forget your login or password, let me know and I can retrieve it for you.


Whole-Class Zoom Meeting Schedule


Mondays at 12:30

Adam's Update 5-26-2020

posted May 26, 2020, 2:50 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Parents and Guardians of Room 8!


I hope the last week was reflective and restful for everyone, and I hope you all are able to stay productive given the circumstance. It can be challenging maintaining social distancing guidelines, and we may find ourselves bored, doing things we wouldn’t do as a result. Over this past week, I undertook a building project in the yard. I was not excited about doing this. So I told myself that it would be an epic workout to help motivate myself to do the project. This resulted in a back injury that has hobbled me beyond the blow that was previously landed by quarantine. Lesson learned: Be sure to stretch and warm-up before undertaking new physical activities! 


Last week I thought I had assigned a building project that is actually scheduled for Wednesday of this week, so look out in SeeSaw for that. Continue to look for geography assignments that will be assigned this week. 


There is a new writing assignment for everyone posted to SeeSaw this week, and we will forgo the writing prompt for the time being.


Room 8 Weekly Work Plan:


Math - 

The math assigned last week is due on Monday, when there will be a new set of tasks assigned in Khan Academy.


6th grade is working on variables and expressions. There are a number of videos and articles assigned this week, which make up for a lot of the workload in Khan Academy. It is important to watch the videos and digest the reading material assigned in the unit before requesting help from teachers. It is easier to help after the kiddos have had a chance to look at the information. The videos are there as a guide to help, in addition to the teachers, but we need to access all of our resources during these times, as we are not in class together, and it can be challenging getting face-to-face help for everyone each day.


5th grade is working on multi-digit multi-digit division estimation before continuing deeper into fractions.


4th grade is finishing up equivalent fractions and comparing fractions this week.

Pay attention to math challenges in SeeSaw. As we come up with fun tasks, we will post them in SeeSaw as we create them. Look this week for extra math tasks.


Reading - 

Recommended at least 30 minutes a day.  You will write your summary in SeeSaw. It will be on the list of assignments. You will be able to write your summary in SeeSaw. You may also sumbit a video review of your reading passage.

Last week, we continued our read-aloud of Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I read chapter 15 and posted the readings to SeeSaw.

This week, CH 16 of Born A Crime by Trevor Noah will continue to be posted. We have also posted CH 17, which is scheduled for mid-week. Next week, the read aloud is a brief history of apartheid, and about the author.


Writing - 

Daily Journal.  Write about how weird this time is.  What you like and don’t like about it.  Write about how you feel or how things change from day to day (or maybe they stay the same?)  Aim to write for 5-10 minutes. 

You can record the date and how much time you wrote to keep track of your journaling in SeeSaw. I would like to remind everyone that the journal is for you. You are not obligated to post your thoughts on SeeSaw. If you would like to let us know how you are doing, you may post a note with the date, and the amount of time you wrote for. That’s all.


This week, our writing assignment will have two tasks posted. One on Tuesday, and then the following day. This writing assignment is brought to us courtesy of Meridy


*New*

Build Something!- Will be posted to SeeSaw midweek as a nice change of pace!

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah read-aloud- Assignment posted on SeeSaw.

Geography Challenges- Will be updated with new material each week.


Typing Practice -

20 min / week at typing.com  If you forget your login or password, let me know and I can retrieve it for you.


Whole-Class Zoom Meeting Schedule


Mondays at 12:30

Adam's Update 5-18-2020

posted May 18, 2020, 12:49 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Parents and Guardians of Room 8!


This week, the kids will have some tasks to help unlock their creativity. Look out for building opportunities on SeeSaw this week! The students have a choice. They may choose to construct with paper, or with cardboard, but must choose at least one task to do.

The students will have some chances to brush up on their geography. There will be new geography tasks each week, and also a fun quiz in the weeks to come.

Room 8 Weekly Work Plan:

Now can be accessed at SeeSaw. All activities your child can access on SeeSaw has been assigned to them. There are two optional activities in SeeSaw


Math - 

The math assigned last week is due on Monday, when there will be a new set of tasks assigned in Khan Academy.

6th grade is working on properties of numbers. There are a number of videos that are assigned, which are important to watch. It is easier to help after the kiddos have had a chance to look at the information. The videos are there as a guide to help, in addition to the teachers, but we need to access all of our resources during these times, as we are not in class together, and it can be challenging getting face-to-face help for everyone each day.

5th grade is working on multi-digit multiplication, division, and estimation before continuing deeper into fractions.

4th grade is learning about equivalent fractions and comparing fractions over the next two weeks.

Pay attention to math challenges in SeeSaw. As we come up with fun tasks, we will post them in SeeSaw as we create them. Look this week for extra math tasks.


Reading - 

Recommended at least 30 minutes a day.  You will write your summary in SeeSaw. It will be on the list of assignments. You will be able to write your summary in SeeSaw. You may also sumbit a video review of your reading passage.

Last week, we continued our read-aloud of Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I read chapter 15 and posted the readings to SeeSaw.

This week, I will read chapter 16. Go at your pace. You may listen to a reading a day if you like. The read-alouds will remain posted in case anyone would like to relisten. 

Please give a brief response. It can be a voice recorded response saying what part you liked. 

I will also be reading chapter 17 this week, and will post that by mid-week.


Writing - 

Daily Journal.  Write about how weird this time is.  What you like and don’t like about it.  Write about how you feel or how things change from day to day (or maybe they stay the same?)  Aim to write for 5-10 minutes. 

You can record the date and how much time you wrote to keep track of your journaling in SeeSaw. I would like to remind everyone that the journal is for you. You are not obligated to post your thoughts on SeeSaw. If you would like to let us know how you are doing, you may post a note with the date, and the amount of time you wrote for. That’s all.


Jonathan will be teaming with some of the students for writing prompts, and the prompt will be delivered via SeeSaw beginning Monday.

Writing rules apply for the writing prompt.


*New*

Build Something!- Will be posted to SeeSaw midweek as a nice change of pace!

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah read-aloud- Assignment posted on SeeSaw.

Geography Challenges- Will be updated with new material each week.


Typing Practice -

20 min / week at typing.com  If you forget your login or password, let me know and I can retrieve it for you.


Whole-Class Zoom Meeting Schedule


Mondays at 12:30



The kids are invited to take part in our next Zoom meeting. Here is the information they will need to access Zoom should you need to help them log in. I have also sent a link to the students.


Adam's Update 4-27-2020

posted May 5, 2020, 2:56 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Parents and Guardians of Room 8!

This week, all of your assignments are posted to SeeSaw. We will still communicate and do assignments with the tools we have been using, such as google docs, but our final products will be uploaded into SeeSaw using the upload tool. You all have different assignments so communication home will be the same as the communication that you receive here in SeeSaw.

As we become more confident in navigating our SeeSaw activities, we will introduce more new things for new learning experiences that are fun. This week there are some new things for some of you.

Room 8 Weekly Work Plan:
Now can be accessed at SeeSaw. All activities your child can access on SeeSaw has been assigned to them. There are two optional activities in SeeSaw

Pay close attention to math. Everyone has assignments in Khan Academy.

I have recorded your previous math scores and have assigned new material.

There is a hard due date for each of your assignments this week, but the compromise is that you only have about 12 math tasks to do.

Everyone in Room 8 has the writing prompt and the quote of the week, which will be announce at our Zoom meeting on Monday.

In addition to our writing, everyone is assigned a reading summary and daily journal. We are meeting as a whole-group every Monday at 12:30.

I will meet with each of you as you need.

Next week, we will open our writing up to work on some of the skills we were honing when we left school.

I look forward to seeing everyone and hope you are all staying safe and engaged during our quarantine.

Reading -

Recommended at least 30 minutes a day. You will write your summary in SeeSaw. It will be on the list of assignments. You will be able to write your summary in SeeSaw. You may also sumbit a video review of your reading passage.

Start a read-aloud ritual at home. Choose a book you have been wanting to read for awhile. Have each person in your family take turns reading a few pages. Choose a book that will take you weeks to finish.

We will begin assigning read-alouds through the SeeSaw platform in the coming weeks.

Writing -

Daily Journal. Write about how weird this time is. What you like and don’t like about it. Write about how you feel or how things change from day to day (or maybe they stay the same?) Aim to write for 5-10 minutes.

You can record the date and how much time you journaled to keep track of your journaling in SeeSaw.

Jonathan will be teaming with some of the students for writing prompts, and the prompt will be delivered via SeeSaw beginning Monday.

Writing rules apply for the writing prompt.

Typing Practice -
20 min / week at typing.com If you forget your login or password, let me know and I can retrieve it for you.

Whole-Class Zoom Meeting Schedule

Mondays at 12:30

The kids are invited to take part in our next Zoom meeting.

Adam's Update 4-13-2020

posted Apr 13, 2020, 12:48 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Parents and Guardians of Room 8!


By now, the students should be getting familiar with what working from home looks like. We will continue transitioning to more direct instruction of new material as our school transitions to new ways of presenting information. As we familiarize ourselves with new, cutting-edge techniques to better serve your child, we will roll out some new and dynamic ways of communicating and working. All-the-while continuing to use what works that will also help the kids feel like they are in their own class, and can continue creating meaningful bonds with their peers.

This week, I will be sending some videos just to check in with the students. I will also send a video to provide further explanation for assignments.

In the coming weeks, the students of Room 8 will be reacclimated to the math program they are familiar with.



Room 8 Weekly Work Plan


Week 3 (4/13-4/17) - 

Math - Khan Academy Lesson / Prodigy 

Reading - 30 minutes a day

Writing - Daily Journal

Cultural - Continue Early Humans Project 

Science - 75 Experiment list/Mystery Science (You choose your lesson)

Practical Life: A project that students could do is learn a new skill or practical life task to teach the class upon returning. Students can make a presentation or video to use in class. Some examples could be: Learn a new magic trick, cook a new dish that you have never cooked before, learn how to crochet, knit, paint... 

Just for funhttps://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/cams/penguin-cam - Watch it for fun! If you are interested, do a research project on penguins. Find the most interesting and obscure facts you can find.





Week 3 (April 13- April 17)


Math -

This week, the 6th grade will begin and complete the Arithmetic Operations in Khan Academy. Complete all tasks including the readings and videos. The 5th grade will begin and complete both the Add Decimals and Subtract Decimals units, including all readings and videos. The 4th graders will begin and complete the Addition, subtraction, and estimation unit along with the readings and videos, as-well-as the Multiply by 1-digit numbers unit.

Reading - 

Recommended at least 30 minutes a day.  Either write a summary on a Google Doc and share it with me or make a video about what you read and email the video to me.

As read-alouds have proven to be unequitable with respect to some of the connectivity issues many of us have experienced, we will be sure to send a read-aloud recording this week should the students care to follow along. I will send out the read aloud passage by Wednesday.


Writing - 

Daily Journal.  Write about how weird this time is.  What you like and don’t like about it.  Write about how you feel or how things change from day to day (or maybe they stay the same?)  Aim to write for 5-10 minutes. This is your journal, no one will read it! 

We will incorporate new writing instructions as we roll out our different subjects from now until the end of the academic school year.

Jonathan will be sending you a new writing prompt, and quote for writing tasks this week. Remember: writing rules apply for the writing prompt!


Cultural - 

Research an aspect of early humans that we have studied in class thus far. Remember the names of the early humans? Choose a research topic and meet with Jonathan and I for approval!

Be sure to contact Jonathan and myself to make sure you have some direction for your project. We will discuss a reasonable due date for this project in group this week.


Typing Practice -

20 min / week at typing.com  If you forget your login or password, let me know and I can retrieve it for you.



I hope that this communication finds everyone safe, healthy, and happy! Be sure to move around! Open windows to let the fresh air in. Take a walk, lift weights, do a strength challenge!

Thank you for your patience as we figure this all out, and thank you for supporting your child’s learning through this difficult time.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and please reach out to let me know how I may help to make this time a little less stressful. We are all in this together and we need each other now more than ever. I promise to continue to be here for all of you as we make our way through this quagmire. Room 8 students are the strongest people I have ever known, and I can tell you that I need you all just as much as you may need me. We will be here for you and we will make it through this weird time together!


I will see everyone very soon.


Adam


Adam's Update 3-5-2020

posted Mar 9, 2020, 11:21 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 8 Families! 


Your students have been up to the following activities in the past week.


Writing

Last week, the students were introduced to their new writing assignments. The 4th graders have completed their last writing assignment, and have now moved on to learning about Westward Expansion. The students are reading two articles, watching a video, and learning a song, as part of their sources for writing their essay. They are learning note-taking techniques and will use note-taking templates as a guide for how to highlight information that will be relevant to their writing.


The 5th graders are learning about service animals by reading three articles about the different services trained animals can provide, and watching a video on the topic. The students will use the information they gathered through note-taking, and answering a series of questions related to their readings to help write their opinion paper.


The 6th graders have moved onto their next writing assignment, which will be an opinion piece about Robots. The students will have to gather their information by reading through three articles pertaining to robots. They will take notes and answer a series of questions that will help to populate their opinion papers.


Math


For their math, the 4th Graders solved multi-step word problems modeled with tape diagrams, and assessed the reasonableness of answers using rounding. They will continue honing these skills into the next coming weeks.


This week the 5th Graders used basic facts to approximate quotients with two-digit divisors. In the coming week, the students will learn to divide two- and three-digit dividends by multiples of 10 with single-digit quotients, and make connections to a written method.


The 6th Graders furthered their understanding of least common multiples and greatest common factors. In the coming weeks, the 6th graders will learn about the Euclidean Algorithm as an application of the long division algorithm.


Culture


Over the past three weeks the students have been working on student-lead read-alouds from Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. In addition, for February’s President’s Day and Black History Month, they  each chose a US President and a Black historical figure to write short biographies about. 


To begin March, we have begun studying the Early Humans. The students have engaged in, and experimented with, life before language. In the following week(s) the students will choose a research topic related to early humans, and their research will relate to what has been studied thus far. The students' studies have taken them as far back as 1 million years ago. They have studied Australopithecus Afarensis, Homo Heidelbergensis, Homo Erectus, Homo Neanderthalensis, and have also been exposed to Homo Habilis. Next week we will contemplate what evolutionary changes happened that helped early humans to survive.


Professional Development in the Classroom


As part of our professional development, we will be filming lessons in the classroom. We are using this footage as a reflective tool that will help to solidify teaching techniques by sharing teaching samples with our Ridgeline teacher colleagues. This will aid us to further sharpen the skills necessary to maintain a nurtured learning environment and to further deepen the reflection of our practice. Please be assured that none of the images obtained in the class will be used for purposes other than for our internal Ridgeline professional development.


Chaperones


Outdoor School at Grove Camp:

We are still looking for male chaperones for the April 13th week-long Outdoor School. We need two willing participants to help make outdoor school memorable and safe. The sooner the better! Keep in mind that all chaperones for Outdoor School will need to be fingerprinted and background-checked to participate, so time is of the essence!


Eugene Outdoor School:

We are also looking for chaperones for our field-trip on Tuesday, March 10. So far, classroom parents Britta Ellis, Monique Carrol, and Matthew Johnson have all agreed to chaperone. Since we need to transport ourselves, we could use at least another one, and possibly two, chaperones for next Tuesday’s trip. The front office also will need to make sure you are currently vetted to drive the students. If you are able to assist, it would be greatly appreciated.


Adam's Update 2-7-2020

posted Feb 7, 2020, 12:47 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 8 Families! 


In writing groups, we have been focusing on the comparison between space debris and pollution on earth. The students worked through a packet that focused on different types of pollution, took two-column notes, and answered questions to facilitate in populating an essay they began to write this week.  We worked specifically on introducing a topic, and making effective comparisons. Most of the students were challenged in creating a descriptive introduction, so we slowed our lessons down for most of the class. We brainstormed about opening sentences, using facts to further inform and draw in the reader, as well as anecdotes used to inspire interest for the person who reads. The 4th and 5th graders solidified their understanding of first, second, and third-person perspectives. Next week, the introductions will be complete, and we will focus on the body of our essay before tackling the conclusion.


For math, the 4th Graders used place value understanding to fluently decompose into smaller units multiple times in any place using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams. Next week we will be solving two-step word problems using the standard subtraction algorithm fluently modeled with tape diagrams, and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding. They will continue addressing these standards into the next weeks.


This week the 5th Graders learned to solve two-step word problems involving measurement conversions. This week the 5th graders used divide by 10 patterns for multi-digit whole number division. We are also finding equivalent fractions as a strategy for adding/subtracting fractions. The 5th graders will be working on these standards for the upcoming weeks as well.


The 6th Graders learned about fraction multiplication and the products of decimals, and will transition to learning about the sums and differences of decimals and the distributive property next week. In the upcoming weeks, 6th grade will be dividing multi-digit numbers using the algorithm, and converting decimal division into whole number division using fractions . 6th Grade will continue on these standards through next week.


For cultural studies, the students completed their deep dive into the civil rights movement. They will be doing 1-5 minute presentations focusing on an element of the civil rights movement their group chose at the beginning of next week. 


The class has completed their Vikings projects. There are some students who may be taking home their projects for some final details. The projects will be presented to the upper elementary cohort via a gallery walk throughout the week. Parents are invited to come to the gallery walk next Friday after school!


Report cards have been sent home with the students and should be in their backpacks!

Adam's Update 2-3-2020

posted Feb 3, 2020, 10:18 AM by Cynthia Friedman


Hello Room 8 Families!

This last week, the kids participated in the Walama Restoration Project. Our scientists had the opportunity to learn about cold stratification. The kids crushed coconut fibers and soaked them in water with seeds, put them in a bag and deposited them into the refrigerator. This process helps with softening seeds that eventually turn into starts for the garden. .

Room 8 had the pleasure of welcoming Sarah Stanley for a lively presentation on the life and history of bees! We had a wonderful treat of apples and honey and the students got to see and touch honeycombs. Thanks so much to Sarah for her time and generosity!

In writing groups, we have been focusing on the comparison between space debris and pollution on earth. The students worked through a packet that focused on different types of pollution, took two-column notes, and answered questions to facilitate in populating an essay they began to write this week. We worked specifically on introducing a topic, and making effective comparisons. Most of the students were challenged in creating a descriptive introduction, so we slowed our lessons down for most of the class. We brainstormed about opening sentences, using facts to further inform and draw in the reader, as well as anecdotes used to inspire interest for the person who reads. The 4th and 5th graders solidified their understanding of first, second, and third-person perspectives. Next week, the introductions will be complete, and we will focus on the body of our essay before tackling the conclusion.

For math, the 4th Graders used place value understanding to decompose into smaller units using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams. Next week we will be using place value understanding to fluently decompose into smaller units multiple times in any place using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams. They will continue addressing these standards into the next weeks.

This week the 5th Graders used fraction and decimal multiplication to express equivalent measurements. We will use the information we learned this week to solve two-step word problems involving measurement conversions the following week. The 5th graders will be working on these standards for the upcoming week.

The 6th Graders learned about fraction multiplication and the products of decimals, and will transition to learning about the sums and differences of decimals and the distributive property next week. The 6th graders will continue on these standards through next week.

For cultural studies, the students will be doing 1-5 minute presentations focusing on an element of the civil rights movement their group chose. The groups read through a rundown of the civil rights movement, and have been taking a deeper dive into research in order to present additional information to their peers.

To finish up their Vikings unit, the students will group together to formulate and answer a 3-pack of questions each day next week. The questions will guide the students to ask the essential question that will be presented on a presentation board. By the following week, the students should be ready for their gallery walk to share with their Upper Elementary cohort.

Adam's Update 1-23-2020

posted Jan 24, 2020, 10:21 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 8 Families! 


Over the past week, the students have been studying the civil rights movement as it pertains to the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We read Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech together as a class. We watched a National Geographic video called “ Martin Luther King Jr: A Marked Man“ and used the note-taking model we learned about this week to help digest some of the important details of the video, and shared them as a class. We read about the civil rights movement in small groups with round robin reading, and discussed the impact of Dr. King’s influence on the movement. The students then focused their attention on researching an element of the civil rights movement to learn more details about the topic.


For writing, the students worked on a writing prompt about an historic figure they admire. They then compared that figure to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They compared and contrasted their similarities to their differences. This exercise was a creative writing exercise with a goal in mind, which helps to address comparative writing. In writing groups, we are focusing on the comparison between space debris and pollution on earth. The students worked through a packet that focused on different types of pollution, took two-column notes, and answered questions to facilitate in populating an essay they began to write this week.  We worked specifically on introducing a topic, and making effective comparisons. Next week, the students will focus on the body of their essay. The following week we will work on conclusions, and finish up with space debris versus pollution on earth.


For math, the 4th Graders used place value understanding to decompose into smaller units using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams. Next week we will be using place value understanding to fluently decompose into smaller units multiple times in any place using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.


This week the 5th Graders used fraction and decimal multiplication to express equivalent measurements. We will use the information we learned this week to solve two-step word problems involving measurement conversions the following week.


The 6th Graders learned about fraction multiplication and the products of decimals, and will transition to learning about the sums and differences of decimals and the distributive property next week.


The Friday of next week is grading day, which will be a day off for our students. 

Adam's Update 1-17-2020

posted Jan 17, 2020, 3:09 PM by Cynthia Friedman

This week our students are focusing on comparative writing and note-taking. The scholars are learning about space debris, and comparing the issues surrounding that with pollution on earth. They are using notes they took from a video they watched, as-well-as notes they took on two articles they read. They answered a series of questions to help them prepare for an essay they will write for submission next week. This assignment is differentiated between 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.


For math, the 4th Graders used place value understanding to decompose into smaller units using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams. They will continue this exercise next week.


5th Graders used whole number multiplication to express equivalent measurements. Next week, the scholars will use fraction and decimal multiplication to express equivalent measurements.


The 6th Graders learned about the distributive property and the products of decimals, and will continue to be challenged next week by further exploring why we use the distributive property.


Our students are finalizing their Viking Longships project this week, and have begun writing a Longship owner’s manual. As an alternative to the manual, some students opted to write a Norse-like Saga. The Longship project will be presented on a poster board that will answer subject-related questions, display descriptive details about the Vikings, and what it was that made the Vikings such a successful empire. In the weeks to come, there will be a gallery walk in the classroom of Room 8’s Viking project, to which the students will invite their parents and peer upper elementary classrooms. The students have worked very hard on this project, and they are so proud of themselves. The Longships will be displayed on a shelf upon completion of the gallery walk presentation.


So as to help the class reflect upon why they have this coming Monday off from school,

we will be centering next week’s reading materials, writing prompts, and writing groups, on and around the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 


I hope you all have a restful weekend.


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